Cochlear Nucleus 7 Introduction

Cochlear Nucleus 7 processor

Cochlear introduces the Nucleus 7 sound processor today!  Compatible with Nucleus CI24RE, CI500 and Profile Series Implants, key features include:

  • The N7 is the lightest sound processor on the market.
  • Can stream sound directly from compatible Apple devices. Bimodal users can stream sound directly from a compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to the Nucleus 7 in one ear and a compatible ReSound hearing aid in the other ear.
  • Control, monitor and customize hearing on an iPhone or iPod touch through the Nucleus® Smart App available to download for free from the App Store®

The Nucleus 7 is expected to be available in the US in September 2017 for new candidates.  In October 2017 the processor will be available as an upgrade for current recipients in the US and Canada.  There is no information yet about availability in other regions, or on compatibility with Nucleus 22 series implants.

For more information, read the press release here.

Cochlear Nucleus 7 Sneak Preview

Get a sneak preview of the Cochlear Nucleus 7 processor!  Stay tuned here for breaking news on the N7 from Cochlear.

Information distilled by Bob MacPherson from an interview with Jan Janssen, Senior Vice President Research and Development, Cochlear Limited on MedicalResearch.com, dateline july 20, 2017:

* The Nucleus® 7 Sound Processor is the world’s first and only Made for iPhone cochlear implant sound processor, allowing users to stream sound from their iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® directly to their cochlear implant sound processor. It not only enhances the experience of talking on the phone, it also makes features like enjoying music or watching videos, as well as audio apps such as Maps or FaceTime, more easily accessible.

* The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is also the smallest and lightest behind-the-ear sound processor on the market.

* With the availability of the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor, Cochlear is also offering the first Made for iPhone Smart Bimodal Solution (the combination of a cochlear implant in one ear and a hearing aid in the other), enabling both hearing devices to provide synchronized streaming to both ears from a compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The Nucleus 7 Bimodal Solution is delivered by using a Nucleus 7 Sound Processor, a compatible ReSoundTM hearing aid and a paired iPhone or iPod to control functionality for both hearing devices.

* The Nucleus 7 Smart App gives parents confidence that they can monitor their child’s sound processor and ensure they are hearing. The device also includes a variety of features that make it easier on parents and caregivers including:
The new Hearing Tracker feature records coil-offs time (each time the sound processor coil does not detect the implant coil, such as if it has fallen off a child’s head) and time in speech (which optimizes the sound processor for different types of noise environments).
The Nucleus Smart App Find My Processor feature helps locate a lost sound processor by using Location Services to determine the last place the sound processor was connected to the paired iPhone or iPod touch, whether it has been lost on the playground, in the house or in the car.
Parents are also able to see battery status, adjust volume and change programs using the Nucleus Smart App without needing to touch the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor.

Nucleus 7 Spy Photo

Nucleus 7 spy photo

Nucleus 7 (photo by Jannette Chalmers)

Compared with the Nucleus 6 (below) the Nucleus 7 appears to be slightly shorter vertically, while extending a bit more from front to back.  So far it appears that there will be only one version of the processor, the CP1000, without an accessory socket, similar to the CP920 version of the Nucleus 6 processor.

Nucleus 6

Nucleus 6 processor

Cochlear Receives FDA Approval for Nucleus 7 Processor

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Cochlear has received FDA approval for the Nucleus 7 (N7, or CP1000) BTE processor.  This doesn’t mean the processor is available today – it’s up to the company to determine when it will be available.

Preliminary features and differences between the N7 and N6 include:

  • Supports Hybrid (EAS) hearing
  • Made for iPhone compatibility
  • The telecoil is optimized for loops
  • Compatible with the Nucleus Smart App (iOS devices remote control app)
  • Remote control (volume, sensitivity, & program settings, telecoil, audio accessory)
  • Remote assistant replaced by iOS app – compatible Apple device required. Includes tracking function to help locate a lost processor.
  • One processor size option.  The N6 has two options, the larger of which allows for Direct Connect inputs.

The Nucleus 7 is not compatible with Nucleus 22 or Nucleus 24 implants.

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available!

ACIA Resources for Cochlear Implants

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!  The American Cochlear Implant Alliance has put together some resources for people considering a cochlear implant.  Read more here.

The American Cochlear Implant Alliance is a not-for-profit membership organization created with the purpose of eliminating barriers to cochlear implantation by sponsoring research, driving heightened awareness and advocating for improved access to cochlear implants for patients of all ages across the US. ACI Alliance members are clinicians, scientists, educators, and others on cochlear implant teams as well as parent and consumer advocates.

Children’s Invention Competition for People with Hearing Loss

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MED-EL announces a global competition for kids age 6-11. Aspiring inventors and artists are invited to create a piece of artwork showcasing their invention to improve the quality of life of people living with hearing loss.

One U.S. winner will be awarded $1000 deposit into a college savings plan of their choice, and an entry into an international competition for a grand prize of a trip for the winner and an adult chaperone to MED-EL’s global headquarters in Innsbruck, Austria.

Get Ready for Summer with Ci Wear and Nammu

Cochlear implant HELP, Ci Wear, and Nammu Hats have gotten together to offer you discounts until May 31st.  Just use discount code cochlearimplantHELP to redeem this special offer.

While all cochlear implant companies have waterproof solutions, Ci Wear and Nammu Hats complete the package with innovative methods of securing your processor.

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Ci Wear is the “perfect accessory,” proclaims audiologist Joan Hewitt. The patented shirt is designed with sleeve pockets to secure and help protect your cochlear implant processor(s). Use as a rash guard/ swim t-shirt in the water or as sports apparel on land, Ci Wear keeps you connected while offering sun protection, comfort, flexibility, style and confidence during all kinds of sports and recreational activities. Available in youth and adult sizes.

With discount code cochlearimplantHELP, you can get free shipping until May 31st, 2017, to the United States.

Nammu on Aqua Accessory

Nammu Hats are a great solution for kids and adults to keep cochlear implant processors securely in place, comfortably and fashionably, while swimming.

Wear a Nammu Hat with any of the solutions where you put the processor in a waterproof bag.  The bag by itself may keep the processor dry, but it doesn’t secure the processor.  With a Nammu Hat, you can swim, play, and even dive into the water! It works great for swimming lessons, playing with friends, or even just swimming laps.

Stock up now on extra shirts and hats so you can spend less time worrying about your processor, and more time swimming!

Use discount code cochlearimplantHELP to get 20% off Nammu products until May 31st, 2017.

Communicate Using Only Thought

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Boston, MA, USA (April 1st, 2017) Cyberdyne Systems, manufacturer of the OneWorld™ headpiece has developed technology that will enable cochlear implant recipients to communicate wordlessly.

Recent advances in neural interfaces have enabled paraplegics to control motorized wheelchairs and computer keyboards using only thoughts.  With training, some test subjects have developed a ‘vocabulary’ of over 100 actions.  An action may be a control input such as ‘move forward’ or ‘turn right’ or it may be a key or combination of keys on a virtual keyboard.

The neural interface between a cochlear implant’s electrodes and the recipients nerve cells works both ways.  Current cochlear implants use only a fraction of the brain to electrode (reverse) data path, largely focusing on assessing proper functionality of the implant.

Bradley Thinkmore, Chief Technology Officer of Cyberdyne Systems, explains:

‘Cochlear implant recipients have been training to amplify the vocabulary and reliability of the reverse data path by practicing on a computer. Initial tasks include selecting the correct response to multiple-choice questions.  As the subject becomes proficient, the number of possible responses is increased, eventually reaching into the hundreds.

Once the subject has acquired the ability to transmit a vocabulary of several hundred distinct ‘neuronemes,’ or distinct commands, the neuronemes may be remapped to any set the subject desires.  Think of it as being able to choose from a long list of likely texts or email fragments.’

After the cochlear implant processor has received one of the enumerated inputs, it may transmit the information to one or more cochlear implant processors via Bluetooth or some other wireless protocol.  The receiving processor would then convert the neuroneme to its corresponding vocalization using a speech synthesis algorithm.

Cyberdyne Systems plans to license the technology to cochlear implant manufacturers – with a condition.  The manufacturers would like to use the system as an advantage over their competitors, and would like to make the transmission compatible only with other devices from the same manufacturer.  Cyberdyne is requiring all licensees to use a standard communications protocol, so that any cochlear implant recipient may communicate wordlessly with any other cochlear implant recipient.

For more information, contact Cyberdyne Systems.

This is a joke! Repeat, this is only a joke! Do not interpret any of this post as being based in fact.  Names have been changed to protect the innocent. Happy April Fool’s Day 2017!